Walden should reject budget that hurts working families

I am disappointed and discouraged that District 2 Rep. Greg Walden is endorsing tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of working families in the 2018 budget.

The proposed budget, which is posted on Walden’s website and which his staff says he endorses, shows massive cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, public education, Meals on Wheels, and other social services, and large tax cuts for the wealthy.

99.6 percent of the tax cuts proposed in the budget would go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

I am reminded of a joke that I saw recently.

“My boss arrived at work in a brand-new Lamborghini. I said, “Wow, that’s an amazing car!” He replied, “If you work hard, put all your hours in, and strive for excellence, I’ll get another one next year.”

Remember when the United States was a place where anyone who worked hard could get ahead? Trickle down economic practices destroyed that. Giving more to the rich while forcing everyone else to work harder, for less and less, is not what our community needs.

Trump promised over and over during his campaign to defend working class Americans by preserving government services like Medicaid and Social Security.

But the proposed budget will hurt many Americans including our friends, our neighbors, our family members, our co-workers and our fellow parishioners. It is our duty to make sure no one has to choose between food and medicine. Or food and heat. Or food and winter coats for their children. Cutting away at people’s basic standards of living is NOT a way to support the working class!

Mr. Walden should reject the current proposed budget, and create one that will create jobs, raise wages, invest in education, and let people work toward a better future.

Cynthia Roberts

Baker City

Refuge occupier doesn’t represent our community

I’m not acquainted with Mae Corwin, but I agree with her recent letter to the editor re: the appearance of Shawna Cox from the Bundy bunch coming to our community to perpetuate her twisted version of “what really happened” at the seizing of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

We have worked very hard to create a vision that reflects positive, proactive, and collaborative ways to improve our community. Our efforts have resulted in many examples of success: the playground equipment in the park, the Leo Adler Parkway, the YMCA, National Night Out event, Miners Jubilee, East-West Shrine game and parade, Memory Cruise car show, the Interpretive Center, the Baker Heritage Museum, the Farmers Market, the Powder River Pavilion, Crossroads, and the summer concert series in Geiser-Pollman Park to name just a few.

These successes weren’t realized by the actions of those spewing Ms. Cox’s brand of “truth.” Those responsible for inviting this kind of destructive, divisive and dishonorable element to our community should be ashamed of themselves. I suggest they roll up their collective sleeves and engage in the many positive opportunities we have here to build up our community.

Dave Hunsaker

Baker City

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